Cry and Stay Healthy. Yes, you read it correctly. Crying is an indispensable part of our life. The widely spread perception among people is that crying is a sign of weakness. A man doesn’t cry or only women and babies cry. But these are just social misconceptions. However, Science has explained the phenomena of crying through a completely different and healthy perspective. But why do we cry? How to Cry is Healthy?
Our eyes are a very sensitive part of a body that always required staying moisturized. Tears work as the moisturizer for the eyes. Strong emotions like happiness sadness make us cry. Our eyes have lacrimal glands that produce tears. The tears constantly produced by eyes are called Basil tears which help to keep dirt and Debris is away from it. The mucus layer and aqueous layer have to keep Eyes hydrated and protects from bacteria. They also help to protect the cornea.
Furthermore, what makes us cry? To understand this, we have categorized and explained with three major types of tears and science behind them.
These entire layers are constantly protecting our eyes without going noticeable. Accept from emotions then also few things which cause tears like onions. When the peel of onion removed chemical reaction takes place which converts the sulfoxides into sulphenic acid which latter becomes syn-propanethia S-oxide. Formation this gas makes our eye uncomfortable and sting and here the tear comes. Tears are called reflex tears from which are different basal tears. Reflex tears are designed to keep out harmful particles and substance simultaneously the aqueous layer produces more antibodies to stop entering any microorganisms.
Some examples of such physical factors are onions, smoke, wind, strong smell, strong coughing or vomiting, yawning, etc. Tears are the result of irritation that occurred to our eyes to serve the purpose of protection.
WATERY EYE TEARS
One of the major reasons behind watery eyes is dry eyes i.e. called Dry Eye Syndrome. Dry eye causes an excessive discharge of tears. If the tears do not contain the proper combination of water, oil, salt, which cannot perform the task of lubricating eyes. This continuously triggers the overproduction and release of tears.
The major cause of watery eyes can be dusty weather, cold, strong wind or sunshine, bright light, smog, allergies, sinus problem, inflammation of the eyelid, ingrown eyelash, injury, cut or scrap on or near the eye or in some case radiation or cancer therapy.
When we are too happy or sad, such strong emotions make us lose control over ourselves. These phenomena send signal a signal to our brain. The brain triggers the emotional tears to make stabilized our mood. Tears represent love, regards, or social empathy in a different emotional situation. These emotional tears contain high levels of stress hormones which work as a natural painkiller.
Tears also have a psychological effect which helps us to be calm down. The followings are some of the major benefits.
– Tears contain stress hormones, it detoxifies our body
– Crying triggers the sympathetic nervous system, which helps in involuntary response against stressful situations.
– Crying triggers the release of Oxytocin hormone. This feels good hormone helps to calm both emotional and physical pain.
– Crying also actuate sobbing. Rapid sobbing does many quick breaths. This excessive oxygen in breathing helps to calm the brain against the stressed situation
– As the product of evolution, crying signals the necessity of the supports of others. Since childhood crying is the inevitable habit of showing the need for comfort or more care.
– As we discussed earlier, Crying does take place when we are sad, stressed, scared, happy, or emotionally overwhelmed. Crying is the way of responding to a shock of situations. It helps to restore and maintain emotional tranquility.
Consequently, how we all have been hearing or reading that “it’s OK to cry”. Moreover, we strongly believe that “It’s good as well as Healthy to Cry”